We are very proud to announce that two of our older children are getting the opportunity to go abroad.
Sreyphea goes to… Japan!
In April 2017, we received a generous donation that allowed us to cover all costs for Sreyphea (16 years old, with AP since 2008) to participate in her first international tournament in Thailand, where she received the bronze medal in her age category. This resulted in her acceptance to the Cambodian National Karate team. We could not have been more proud of her achievement.
Ever since, she has been following an intense training program: every weekday, before and after attending school and AP’s programs, she trains with the National Team. More recently, this resulted in Sreyphea winning her first gold medal at a big Karate tournament in Phnom Penh.
Doing so well with the team, Sreyphea has now been selected to join a group of 20 karateka to train in Japan! This time, the National team covers all costs, and Sreyphea will have the amazing experience of training with the Japanese team in Okinawa for a full week in November. Upon receiving the good news, she was (literally) jumping for joy!
Sreyphea will share her experiences with us through a blog post. More news soon!
Ny goes to… Denmark!
Ny (20 years old, with AP since 2007) is currently in her second year in the International Studies Program at the Royal University of Phnom Penh’s Institute of Foreign Languages. Ny has been performing well and as a student in International Studies it is of especially important to gain experience abroad and learn from other cultures. So, to this end, she has accepted to a cultural exchange project in Denmark!
Ny is one of four RUPP students selected to spend three months in Denmark, where she will speak to children in schools around the country about her personal life experiences and share stories about her culture. As part of the cultural exchange experience, she will be traveling around the country, staying with host families, and enjoying the company of a Danish student along the road.
We are almost as excited as Ny! She will keep us up to date via blog posts. More news soon!